September 21, 2006

Hogs stay intense

Arkansas put together another good, intense work day as it prepares for an Alabama team that is leading the SEC in time of possession and turnover margin.

Arkansas is struggling in both those departments. The Hogs have not forced a turnover yet this season and have given up seven of them. And the Hog offense has had trouble staying on the field at times, putting a rather thin, tired defense back out there without much rest. Arkansas has a bye after the Alabama game.

"I love the way the guys are focusing. Intensity was very good, and that's how you have to prepare for the SEC," Nutt said. "It'd be huge. This is a big step to have a week off. The reason Alabama is 3-and-0 is they lead the league in time of possession, and they lead the league in turnover margin. That's something we've got to flip."

Arkansas' fullback Peyton Hillis is suffering from a bruised thigh, and his status will not be known until Saturday, most likely. Arkansas is receiving good news in the injury department on cornerback Darius Vinnett, who has not played this season because of a tendon injury in his knee that required surgery.

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